Smith honored for VDOT service

Published 9:15 am Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Recently retired Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) representative Billy Smith was honored by the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors during the board’s Thursday meeting for more than 40 years of service to the organization, and years of service to Lunenburg County. County administration presented Smith with a framed resolution praising his service to VDOT. Smith retired April 1.

According to the resolution, Smith was hired by VDOT as an hourly worker in 1979 “and was quickly promoted to a salaried highway equipment operator in just a few weeks.” In 1985, Smith became a highway foreman at the Victoria Area Headquarters, and was promoted again to Superintendent in 1987.

According to the resolution, Smith began residency leadership at the Amelia County headquarters in 1997, rising through the ranks until becoming Residency Administrator in 2007.

Smith transferred to the South Hill residency in 2010, returning to serving Lunenburg County, according to the resolution.

“The Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors expresses its appreciation for Mr. Smith’s years of dedicated service to the County and advocacy for the citizens thereof, especially his work on Rural Rustics Projects, allowing for many gravel roads to be paved with tar and gravel within the county.”

Audience members applauded after the resolution was read. Members of the board individually thanked Smith for his involvement.

Smith thanked members of the board and said he would miss working with the county.

“It has truly been a pleasure,” Smith said.

“I haven’t always been able to do everything that was requested, but I have always done what I was able to do,” Smith said.